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Collection Name:Watkins Historic Collection of Landrace WheatsCollection Image
Collection Description:Formally known as "Watkins Selections of Landrace Wheats" by the GRU, this is a collection of landrace wheats (durum and aestivum forms) from 32 countries around the world assembled in the late 1920s by A. E. Watkins in Cambridge. The collection initially consisted of several thousand accessions the majority of which were lost while being stored during WWII and in the aftermath. The current collection stands at 1291 accessions. The collection was sent to Australia but transposition of lines in the field means that this cannot be treated as a duplicate collection. As landraces are usually mixtures, many of the accessions still retain variable levels of genetic heterogeneity. In addition, during a century long effort of regeneration, some pollen cross contamination is inevitably expected. In more recent times a renewed interest in characterising and utilising the genetic variation within this collection resulted in the stabilisation through SSD of 830 lines at JIC, available from GRU as the “Watkins Stabilised Collection of Hexaploid Landrace Wheats ”.
GRU Collection Number:4
Number of Accession recorded in SeedStor:1271 accessions
Collection is Publicly available:Yes
Collection Multilateral System Status:No
Collection material is part of ITPGRFA:Yes
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Link to Internet Resource: Journal Article about the Watkins Collection
Establishing the A. E. Watkins landrace cultivar collection as a resource for systematic gene discovery in bread wheat.